How to Become a Hotel Manager


It’s hard to beat waking up in a freshly laundered bed with a beautiful view of the city, or the waterfront. A whole staff dedicated to making sure your stay is relaxing, luxurious, as well as being knowledgeable about the city, and can direct you to local points of interest. Perhaps you have been curious about what goes on behind the scenes to keep the hotel running smoothly, earning them 5-star reviews. A combined effort of a team of hospitality workers all lead by one person: the Hotel Manager. A Hotel Manager is the grounding and commanding force behind all areas of the hotel, they are responsible for making sure guests have the best possible experience they can have while they are staying with them. It certainly seems like a rewarding career. How can you become one you ask? Let us lay it all out for you:


Choosing the best place to learn the hospitality industry is paramount. Many schools will offer a hospitality program, but to discern if they are the right option for you, you need to take a deep dive into what is included in the program. A few key things to look out for:

  • A complete overview of all hotel operations. You will want to know how everything works to be able to manage it effectively.
  • A partnership with a renowned hospitality association. A partnership will assure you that the school is teaching the most current practices, as well as confirms that their alumni are highly sought after by the hotels who sponsor and are in partnership with the association.
  • A co-operative work placement (or Co-op). Having the opportunity to implement all your newly learned skills in an actual hotel environment, working alongside industry veterans is nonpareil.


There are many industry opportunities afforded to those who complete a hotel management education. Hotel Manager is the obvious one, but did you know you would also qualify for all these positions as well? To name a few:

  • Hotel Manager.
  • Public and Private Recreational Lifestyle Club Manager
  • Event Organization and Manager.
  • Caterer for Public and Private Sector.


What can you expect to make as a hotel manager after you have completed your education?

The annual provincial median salary, according to WorkBC and the 2021 Job Bank Wage Data, is $55,143. However, the higher end of the salary range can reach up to $66+ an hour!*

Now that you have had a peek into becoming a hotel manager and are eager to get started on your education, make the best choice for your future, and take the next steps towards your new career in hotel management.

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